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Bomin Linde LNG signs supply agreement

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Bomin Linde LNG and Reederei Cassen Eils have signed an LNG supply agreement for a new Helgoland ship, which is currently under construction.

The Helgoland ferry, which will be operated by Reederei Cassen Eils (part of the AG EMS Group), will transport passengers and cargo to the North Sea island using LNG from May 2015.

The LNG supplied by Bomin Linde LNG will replace over 1.2 million litres of marine diesel that would be used as fuel by a comparable conventional ship every year.

The ship will be refuelled in a bunkering process certified by both the classification society and the flag state. Claus Hirsch, AG EMS Technical Inspector, explains:  "The technical process is comparable to the process of bunkering traditional fuels. However, as the [LNG] is cooled to around -163°C, security precautions and appropriate staff training are essential […] We will carry out a study to record our experiences with this pilot project and use this to develop recommendations for good practice."

Bomin Linde LNG plans to erect a storage facility in Hamburg, which will serve as a base for delivering LNG to neighbouring ports. Mahinde Abeynaike, Managing Director of Bomin Linde LNG, said: "The Port of Hamburg plays a pioneering role in supplying LNG and is thus a key international location for Bomin Linde LNG," says

The Helgoland ship, which was commissioned from the Fassmer shipyard in Berne for more than €30 million, will be 83 m long x 13 m wide and will have a draught of 3.6 m. The new LNG engine will have an output of 5000 kW, providing maximum speed of 20 knots. The ship will have over 1180 seats and will be able to transport containers measuring up to 10 ft and mixed cargo. It is scheduled for completion in May 2015.

Dr Bernhard Brons, Managing Director of AG EMS, said: "We are delighted to have Bomin Linde LNG on board as the perfect partner for fuelling our ship. We are all set for Germany's first new ship with an LNG engine."

Ruben Benders, Managing Director of Bomin Linde LNG, added: "This is now our second contract from AG EMS and is a further step along the path towards establishing LNG as a marine fuel in Germany."

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